A Valet's Duty

H. Lewis-Foster
A Valet's Duty
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Silver Publishing
Release Date
November 2013
Erotic Romance, Historical Romance, LGBTQ

At the turn of the twentieth century, Henry Simpkins is a valet at Taverslow, the Earl of Wayshaw's Somerset home. When the Earl's younger brother, Rafe, arrives from his villa in Italy, Henry is given the task of caring for his mischievous dogs, Pepe and Paolo. As part of his valet's duties, he also goes to Rafe's room each night to tidy away his clothes.

One night, Rafe tentatively asks Henry if he would go beyond his valet's duty to relieve his sexual tensions. Henry enjoys their increasingly intimate encounters, but he's soon disturbed to find he feels more for Rafe than mere physical attraction. Henry faces a difficult decision. Can he bear to remain in the same house as Rafe if his affections are not returned?

Book Review by Betty Fokker (author,reviewer)
Feb 14, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
212 people found the following review helpful
A VALET'S DUTY was a very short tale (only 27 pages), but a fun one nonetheless. Henry, a valet who is discreetly homosexual, sets off the gaydar of the visiting nobleman, Rafe. It seems as though Rafe is just going to use Henry for a little R&R, but is there a possible relationship there? Or is Henry just deluding himself?

There isn't room for a huge amount of character development, but the reader gets to know Henry and Rafe reasonably well. The sex is consensual even though one partner could easily pressure the other to the point of abuse, which made the erotic scenes enjoyable with just a dash of domination and risk for spice. I was briefly worried there would be a massive clichÚ in the plot but it was only a MacGuffin; the author dodged that bullet much to my relief. There was a nice, even coating of plausibility to make the story engaging and not jarring.

In short, this was an enjoyable story that would make the reader feel s/he got his/her money's worth in entertaining romantic erotica.
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